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Sam Neua/Vieng Xai accommodation

Posted by billytheliar on 27/10/2012 at 22:41

The info about Sam Neua or Vieng Xai accommodation options seems to be a bit outdated. Has anyone been there recently and can help with some tips? Thanks in advance! ...

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Do I need to book for Xmas?

Posted by GhostOfTomJoad on 7/11/2012 at 11:45

So I may be in louang prabang or Vientiane (or somewhere else in laos, my plans are so flexible!) for Christmas this year, even though they don't celebrate Christmas so it is not a holiday will it be busy with travelers around this time? I know places like the islands and beaches in Thailand need to be booked because they fill right up but is it the same for Laos? And if so, how far in advance will need to book? I usually don't like to book in advance as I have a lot of time around south east ...

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Viewed 1,546 times, with 3 replies. Last reply by captainbkk on 10/11/2012 at 02:13

The Gibbon Experience - Waterfall or Classic

Posted by rachcole33 on 6/11/2012 at 07:10

Hi, My boyfriend and I are planning to do the Gibbon Experience in late January next year, but are having difficulty deciding whether to do the waterfall or classic experience. Any advice/information about pros/cons of either would be greatly greatly appreciated!! Especially if you have gone at a similar time (weather wise)! Thank you! Rachel ...

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Looking for a place to rent in Luang Prabang- Anyone has any contacts?

Posted by AnjaFenzlein on 31/10/2012 at 07:22

Hey guys, I'm looking to move to Luang Prabang for an internship in January and stay at least 6 months, maybe longer. I am thinking if staying in a guesthouse first and look around for something more permanent while I'm there. My budget is around $300/month which I'm thinking should get my a comfortable place to live in. Does anyone know of any places I could check out or people who could help me find something? Thanks so much for any help! Cheers! Anja ...

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Lao Airport Visa

Posted by gatoguts on 26/10/2012 at 04:23

Does the visa issued on arrival at Lao airports (e.g. Vientiane) take up a full page in the passport book? ...

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A Month in Laos

Posted by gatoguts on 26/10/2012 at 03:50

I have about a month vacation in december-january, and was thinking of spending either a month in Laos or splitting my time between Laos and Vietnam, both of which I've never been to. I'm worried that 2 weeks in Vietnam might be too rushed. Is a full month in Laos too much? ...

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Getting into Laos from Hanoi

Posted by yomanvin on 24/10/2012 at 05:10

Hey guys, Which crossover should I take to get into Laos from Hanoi . I heard there is a direct bus from Hanoi to Luang Prabang. Would it be impossible during the XMas and New years week? ...

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Anyone to share car/van from LP to Vang Vieng?

Posted by affgomes on 25/10/2012 at 05:15

Husband and I are currently in Luang Prabang but hoping to travel down to Vientiane this weekend, stopping at Vang Vieng for a night or two. Heard/read so many horror stories about the buses that am more inclined to get a van with driver if we can split with a few others. A bit last minute but thought it was worth posting. Thinking of leaving after tomorrow, on Saturday. ...

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Private transportation between Muang Khoua and Tay Trang and then on to Dien Bien Phu

Posted by boschl on 20/10/2012 at 03:18

Hello We are looking for information on how to hire private transport between Muang Khoua and Tay Trang and then on to Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. We have seen bus schedules but was wondering if anyone knew how to arrange private transport. We are looking at trip on Sunday November 11, 2012. thanks thanks ...

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Viewed 1,216 times, with 1 reply. Last reply by mooball on 26/10/2012 at 04:30

last minute singapore to laos!

Posted by georgiabarredo on 22/10/2012 at 21:04

hello all... i've just booked a ticket to singapore and have randomly decided to go to laos and some cities i missed in SEA last year... i would appreciate any recommendations and advice pls... thank you tentative itinerary fly into singapore singapore to kuala lumpur (via bus) kL to phuket (via bus/train) phuket to chiang mai/chiang rai (via bus) chiang mai to luang prabang luang prabang - VV-vientianne can someone please tell me if i should start at north laos and travel south... or travel s ...

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Dengue in Laos

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/10/2012 at 06:09

So our Laos update has ground to a halt with our man on the ground down with dengue fever -- unfortunately not the Cambodian musical variety. Never heard of dengue fever? You're far more likely to pick dengue fever up than malaria, but you can read about both via the links below. In summary, I don't recommend either. Malaria Dengue So, stress again, take adequate precautions regarding mosquitos and make sure your travel insurance is current. Safe travels. ...

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Laos Cambodia Burma - what order?

Posted by Dimamah on 5/7/2012 at 13:13

hi, I'm planning visiting these countries from 4th of November to 17th of December. The time frame is : 3 weeks Burma 3 weeks Cambodia 6 weeks Laos last 2 weeks at Thailand. I'm a solo 25 years old male first time backpacking in SEA, well first time backpacking anyware I was initially planning doing : Burma > Laos north to south > cambodia east to north west I've heard that some say that Burma isn't easy traveling for inexperienced travelers. what do you think? should i postpone burma ...

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Trekking - Luang Prabang or Luang Nam Tha?

Posted by svichy on 9/5/2008 at 17:23

Hi there, I want to do some trekking while in Laos, and am not sure if I should go out of my way a bit and go to Luang Nam Tha, or if the trekking in LP is just as good. If I went to LNT, it would probably mean missing out on the mekong river slow boat cruise as well, which I had originally planned to do... but plans always change and I am open to suggestions! Thanks in advance. ...

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Train from Laos to Bangkok

Posted by IvybridgeClan on 15/10/2012 at 21:47

We are in Luang Prabang this New Year and then travelling to Bangkok. Considering bus/fly options to Vientiane , we are worried about the bus ride and how safe this is along mountainous, winding roads? Had terrible experience in minibus in Cambodia! Are accidents and breakdowns common/rare on this route LP to VV? Also, catching overnight train to Bangkok. If we do not stay in Vientiane overnight, but arrive during the day (on bus/flight), how much time will we need to allow in order to mak ...

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Have You Volunteered at the Lao Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury?

Posted by 1411 on 20/11/2011 at 22:50

Hi! Just read about the Elephant Conservation Centre at Sayaboury and am considering devoting 6 of my 16 to 18 days in Northern Laos volunteering there as the hype on the website makes it sound like a spectacular (to me, anyway) lifetime experience. If you've been there yourself or know someone who has, I'd appreciate knowing what your impressions are. Would you say the 2 day trip might be enough all things considered, including the limited time I hav ...

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Help planning a trip to Laos and Thailand

Posted by shaungt08 on 7/10/2012 at 12:15

Me and my partner have decided in the summer of 2013 we would like to visit Laos and Thailand in the space of 3-4 weeks. We like the sound of Vang Vieng for the tubing however we don't know where to visit in Thailand or anywhere else in Laos. We also need help with a time-scale. Any tips would be really appreciate I can see this being one of my best summers. ...

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HuayXai to Nong Kiao

Posted by baparker on 4/4/2006 at 21:53

I was just wondering if anyone had any experiences or suggestions on what to expect/the best way to get from Huay Xai to Nong Kiao? If you could help me out on estimates for time and $ that would be very helpful. Thanks ...

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Laos in 5 days

Posted by danni87 on 6/10/2012 at 03:21

Hello all!! My friends and I are travelling to Laos middle of November time from Thailand. I am wondering what the highlights are to do, taking into consideration travel time?? And not sure whether to enter through thailand from west or east side? Thanks!! Dannie ...

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Big fat Laos update, tips appreciated

Posted by somtam2000 on 7/9/2012 at 19:59

Hey all, Better late than never, one of our writers is Laos bound in the next few days for four solid months of research as he updates our complete Laos coverage from top to tail. Any tips or suggestions on places, people, restaurants, guesthouses, noodle shops, tuk tuk drivers, pretty walks, boat rides, treks, banana pancakes and tubing much appreciated Please post any tips in this thread, Adam will keep an eye on it and, as always any assistance will be much appreciated. Cheers & tha ...

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Viewed 2,207 times, with 6 replies. Last reply by nikw83 on 5/10/2012 at 05:57

friday off to laos

Posted by tinacrossman on 30/9/2012 at 07:58

we are currently in Chaing Rai and leave on Friday for 30 days in Laos - the only thing is we are not travelling light as we are away for one year. We have two massive suitcases (and two small ones) which have not been a problem so far but reading about Laos on TF I am wondering what to do! Can you help? We fancy going from Huay xai to Vientaine and stopping at the little villages along the way as suggested on the itinery but transport seems to be a worry! We wanted to travel via boats and ...

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